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Avid hunter and angler Dean Finnerty, 52, of Scottsburg, Oregon, stares at a locked gate on a logging road through which for years he would hunt black bear and elk before the land was sold and he lost access inside the Elliott State Forest in southwest Oregon, U.S. on July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Johnson

Party Lines Don’t Apply In Fights Over Western Land

“When the federal government owned these lands they were better equipped to keep and maintain them,” said Finnerty, who keeps a handgun in his truck in case he encounters a mountain lion. “The idea that we could lose these federal public lands is not acceptable.”

August 20, 2016
Ammon and Ryan Bundy are seen in police jail booking photos released by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

The Bundys Are Bumbling Villains In This Western

Looks like that epic cowboy movie Cliven Bundy and his boys dreamed of playing starring roles in will never get made.

February 24, 2016

Last Four Occupiers Surrender At Oregon Wildlife Refuge, Ending 41-Day Standoff

The standoff, originally led by brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, came to a head after the arrest on Wednesday in Portland of their father, Cliven Bundy.

February 11, 2016

This Week In Crazy: Farewell to Iowa

Trump’s depressed Iowa fans, Michele Bachmann’s wild-eyed prophecies, and the revenge of Cliven Bundy! Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing.

February 5, 2016

Armed Protesters Occupy U.S. Wildlife Headquarters In Oregon

A group of self-styled militiamen occupied the headquarters of a U.S. wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon in a standoff with authorities, officials and local media reports said on Sunday, in the latest dispute over federal land use in the West.

January 3, 2016

Right-Wing Extremism: Not Just For Radicals Anymore

Twenty years ago, the idea of anti-government resistance seemed confined to a lunatic fringe operating in the shadows beyond the mainstream. Today, it is the mainstream, the beating heart of the Republican Party.

April 15, 2015

Endorse This: Cliven Bundy Is The ‘Brave White Man’ We Need To Save America

Racist rancher Cliven Bundy is back, in one of the most ridiculous ads you’ll ever see.

October 20, 2014
Gretchen Carlson Fox News sexism

For Fox News On Ebola, It’s About Credibility. OK, Let’s Go There…

Is Fox News sure that it wants to play this game?

October 8, 2014

This Week In Crazy: Ebola Is Obama’s Master Plan, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Bryan Fischer American Family Association mouthpiece Bryan Fischer kicks things off at number five, for his deeply confused new criticism of the Obama […]

August 8, 2014

Bureau Of Land Management, Local Police Tension Nears Breaking Point

Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS — James Perkins sees the federal Bureau of Land Management more as a belligerent occupying army than a government agency serving U.S. citizens, including those like him in south-central Utah. Perkins is the sheriff of Garfield County, a rural bastion about the size of Connecticut with only 5,500 residents, where […]

August 7, 2014

To Right-Wing Nutjobs, Ordinary Voters Are The Enemy

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” –Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues. So the Bonnie and Clyde of the great Bundy ranch standoff thought they could start a national uprising by murdering two cops in a Las Vegas pizza joint. After executing Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo in the […]

June 11, 2014

Small Men With Ugly Thoughts, Expressed Aloud

Lonesome Racist of the Week: Robert Copeland of Wolfeboro, NH. He’s not as wealthy or prominent as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, but the 82-year-old Copeland is no less detestable. Until last week he served as one of three elected police commissioners in Wolfeboro, a town of about 6,300 people in central New Hampshire. […]

May 27, 2014

Cliven Bundy Endorses Armed, Illegal ATV Protest

Cliven Bundy, the racist Nevada rancher who became a right-wing hero for refusing to pay more than $1 million in owed grazing fees, won’t be surrendering his 15 minutes of fame just yet. On Saturday, Bundy advised his supporters to take part in another anti-government protest in neighboring Blanding, Utah to take back federally protected public land. […]

May 12, 2014

Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime. […]

May 5, 2014

Red River Land Dispute Echoes Cliven Bundy

By Nick Swartsell, The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — A federal agency’s planning effort for land along the Red River has ignited a new skirmish in the fight between conservative Texas politicians and Washington. The uproar follows a high-profile controversy around the Bureau of Land Management’s actions in Nevada. The tangle between the bureau and Texas […]

May 2, 2014

Red River Land Dispute Echoes Cliven Bundy

By Nick Swartsell, The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — A federal agency’s planning effort for land along the Red River has ignited a new skirmish in the fight between conservative Texas politicians and Washington. The uproar follows a high-profile controversy around the Bureau of Land Management’s actions in Nevada. The tangle between the bureau and Texas […]

May 2, 2014

This Week In Crazy: Meet The Donald Sterling Truthers, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Mike Vanderboegh Most of the Republican Party and the media moved on from erstwhile right-wing hero Cliven Bundy after he revealed himself to […]

May 2, 2014

On Race, Meet Dumb And Dumberer

Oh, my Lord, where to begin? You already know what this column is about. You know even though we are barely three sentences in. You knew before you saw the headline. There are days in the opinion business when one story makes itself inevitable and unavoidable, one story sucks up all the air in the […]

April 30, 2014

Poor Sean Hannity

April 25, 2014

Can The GOP Save Itself From The Desire To Make A Hero Of Cliven Bundy?

Even after he suggested that black people were better off under slavery, Cliven Bundy probably could still be elected to the House of Representatives in certain districts, if he were the Republican nominee. Safe House districts, a generous Senate map that forces Democrats to defend seven seats in states Mitt Romney won, and a president […]

April 25, 2014

At Scene Of Nevada Ranch Standoff, ‘Citizen Soldiers’ Are On Guard

By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — The first thing you see on the drive to Cliven Bundy’s ranch are the American flags _ tied to roadside guardrails, flapping in a hard desert wind. At a bend in state Route 170 sits the so-called Patriot Checkpoint, evidence of the […]

April 25, 2014

This Week In Crazy: Cliven Bundy Should Stop Talking, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Steve Hurst Alabama state representative Steve Hurst has a problem. Despite his strongly pro-gun record, Hurst is facing a primary challenge from the […]

April 25, 2014

Cliven Bundy’s ‘Better Off As Slaves’ Remark About Blacks Draws Fire

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times LAS VEGAS — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s battle against the federal government over land rights took an unexpected detour after a newspaper quoted the 67-year-old grandfather suggesting African-Americans were “better off as slaves” because slavery taught work skills and enhanced family life. Bundy, who has waged a standoff with […]

April 24, 2014

Bundy Standoff Is A Fox News Costume Drama

One thing about that mangy posse of anti-government crackpots camped out at Cliven Bundy’s place in the Nevada desert: Most don’t know a thing about cattle ranching. See, it’s calving season across most of the country. No rancher worthy of the name is going to run off leaving his cows to fend for themselves while […]

April 23, 2014